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Dear Readers:  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  And, may the Goddess of Capitalism act ever in your favor.

I wanted to start the new year with some heartfelt thanks to 3 gentlemen who made the struggles of 2012 a little more bearable, and who have been really wonderful friends of the Shrine.

  • Silvio Canto Jr., who does the innovative and informative Canto Talk BlogTalkRadio.com show – and is one of the pioneers in the new mode of podcast-based talk radio that I think is the wave of the future.

Capitalist Heroes 2012

I also want to give a big thank you to the SLOBS – SAN DIEGO LOCAL ORDER OF BLOGGERS, who are part of a dynamic punditry team covering local, state and national issues. A special mention needs to go to our tech guru, Charles of Doo Doo Economics.

Now, for today’s news. It seems that the Golden State is set firmly on a path to self-destruction. A new wave of fiscal badness is about to hit our shores: Higher down payments could be compromise Prop. 13 reform

Could simply requiring higher down payments on home loans be a compromise reform of Proposition 13?

The Democratic Party supermajority in the state legislature is presently pushing for reforms of Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that limits property tax increases to 2 percent per year until a property resells.

Some of the legislature’s proposed reforms include  eliminating Prop. 13 for commercial properties and lowering the voter threshold for school parcel taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds.

But there may be a better way.

The culprit involved in state budget deficits is not Prop. 13.  It is low down-payment requirements and interest rates on home purchases combined with the effects of slow-growth management and environmental laws. Growth-management laws cause the excessive housing booms and busts that throw state and school budgets out of balance, as well as causing upside-down home values.

That Proposition 13 is being target by the Democratic Supermajority should be especially concerning to Californians. It is about the only taxpayer friendly legislation passed in the past 50 years, and makes living in the state quasi-affordable. Any “reform” will tsunami-like fiscal repercussions.

Speaking of Tsunamis: The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a “tsunami bomb” designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves.

The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city.

The top secret operation, code-named “Project Seal”, tested the doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.

The plans came to light during research by a New Zealand author and film-maker, Ray Waru, who examined military files buried in the national archives.

“Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people,” said Mr Waru.

“It was absolutely astonishing. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami … and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked.” The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer, E A Gibson, noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a “tsunami bomb”.

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Dear Readers:  I hope you all got a chance to hear the dynamic and golden-voiced Luca Bocci chat with Silvio Canto and myself on Canto Talk, when he updated us on all the good successes of Tea Party Italia (click HERE to listen).  Tomorrow, we are thrilled to talk to William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection (click HERE to listen this Thursday at 7 pm PST/9pm PST/10 om EST…or to download the podcast later).

Legal Insurrection’s William Jacobson

Given all the great material at Legal Insurrection, it will be difficult to touch upon everything. So, here are some of the key items we will probably be discussing.

THE GREAT DEBATE

Legal Insurrection will be featuring the first Presidential Debate tonight. I suspect Professor Jacobson will have something to say about both Mitt Romney and Barak Obama, in terms of their performance. It should be quite interesting.

Update: The feature will be an open thread. You can join me there, as if I have to listen to more than 4 seconds of Obama, I want to be surrounded by friends to help me ease the pain!

COLLEGE INSURRECTION

We recently celebrated our one month anniversary over at our new site.Both the professor and myself want to spread the word encouraging college students to send us articles and links to independent-conservative campus material. Also, we had some good success: A piece I worked up specifically for the site was featured on National Review Online………. News Flash: Men and Women Are Different!

FAUXCAHONTAS AND HER LAW LICENSE SCANDAL

In a nutshell: Doing the work our American press will not do, Professor Jacobson looked deeply into the background of Massachusetts’ Democratic senatorial candidate, Elizabeth Warren, and discovered she has been practicing law without a state law license. Normally, such a thing is illegal. However, it seems like Warren’s skirts the legal requirements just like she skirts authentic genetics — and the elite media seems inclined to give her a pass. We new media types, not so much.

OPERATION COUNTERWEIGHT

In response to the above story, and the fact that no matter who is elected President, Americans would be best served by a Tea Party Congress, Professor Jacobson is featuring several important races around the country with the hopes people donate to those candidates, assist with phone-banking, or otherwise endeavor to help support their efforts.

This is the Final List!

Senate: There are many closely contested races around the country which will decide the fate of the Senate, but most if not all of those will receive national attention and fundraising.  I have chosen to focus on two special cases (Brown and Mourdock) and two long-shots in small states where relatively small amounts of additional money and attention really could help make the races competitive.

  • Scott Brown (MA) – hello, hello.  What can I say that I have not already said.  Progressives have made this race their No. 1 priority other than Obama.
  • Richard Mourdock (IN) – we helped him defeat Richard Lugar, one of the weakest Republican links and Obama’s favorite Republican.  Now let’s prove that we can help him bring it home.  Mourdock is even or slightly ahead in the polls, but still trails Joe Donelly in cash.  More here.
  • Barry Hinckley (RI) – he’s running against Sheldon Whitehouse.  I have been clear that this is a long shot, but we have to win one or two long shots to achieve the counterweight we need.  Whitehouse is not personally popular and I still believe that this could be the surprise of the year.  More here.
  • Dan Bongino (MD) – another long shot who is worth the effort, running against Ben Cardin.  Bongino has been working hard, and in a small state an upstart who is good on the stump can exceed expectations.  More here.

House:  I have chosen to focus on districts which will be competitive and in which we either can protect an recent incumbent or flip a seat.  The Cook Report ratings of these races (as of August 2) are posted below.

  • Allen West (FL-16) – they target him with SuperPAC money and DWS’s mouth, we defend him.
  • Mia Love (UT-04) – we were among the first to recognize Mia’s rising stardom.  Now let’s help her to defeat incumbent Jim Matheson, who plays a moderate Democrat on television.  Love is behind in the polls and fundraising, so she needs our help.
  • Brendan Doherty (RI-01)(my home district) – a chance to flip a reliably Democratic district because of the deceit of former Providence Mayor and current congressman David Cicilline who hid Providence’s fiscal problems when he ran in 2010.  More here.
  • David Rouzer (NC-7) – a chance to flip an at-risk Democratic seat against the vulnerable incumbent Mike McIntyre.
  • Georgia-12 – primary runoff on August 21.  We will support whoever wins to run against vulnerable incumbent Dem John Barrow.
  • The Upstate NY Group (more here and here), the improbable but true heart of Operation Counterweight, a chance to protect gains in 2010 and also pick up a seat or two.
    • Chris Gibson (NY-19) – defend freshman congressman.
    • Matt Doheny (NY-21) – defeat Bill Owens, who never should have been in this Republican District but for the debacle of Dede Scozafava undermining Doug Hoffman in the 2009 special election
    • Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24) – help defend this freshman who has fought hard against the Obama administration in what will be a very tight rematch with former incumbent Dan Maffei, who she defeated in 2010.
    • Maggie Brooks (NY-25) – help defeat vulnerable incumbent Louise Slaughter.
    • Chris Collins (NY-27) – help defeat Kathy Hochul, who eeked out a win in the special election because a fake Tea Party candidate ran third party; Dems claimed the Medicare issue gave Hochul the win, but that was not the case.  Hochul has more money, but this is a Republican district.

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Nan Hayworth (NY – 18) - is in a tight race but in a better position than others in the Upstate NY Group.
    • Chip Cravaack (MN – 08) – a prime target for MN moonbats.
    • Jackie Walorski (IN – 02) – running for Joe Donnelly’s old seat.  She lost in 2010 by a small margin.
    • Ricky Gill (CA – 07) – only 24 years old and a rising star.

A word about my derivation: Operation Counteract, supporting certain Democratic candidates as appropriate. There is a Democratic challenger to perennial race-baiting gadfly, Maxine Waters. His name is Bob Flores and he is challenging Waters in newly redistricted  and more Hispanic district 43 — and under new California rules, the top 2 vote-getters in primaries go up against each other regardless of party. CLICK HERE TO DONATE, SUPPORT, AND OTHERWISE HELP REMOVE A CONGRESSIONAL NUISANCE.

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Dear Readers: I wanted to share a few thoughts on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. There are many places that are memorializing that day, and perhaps none as well as Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit (click here for his continually updated item). Lonely Conservative also offers a great video tribute (click HERE).

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was 6-months pregnant with the Young Prince. A phone call from Horemheb’s coworker woke us, and we turned on television. Both my husband and I knew this was an attack, as we realized a second plane had it the World Trade Center. As was my habit, I went swimming in the morning just to keep life as normal as possible. One of the memories I carry with me is going to the pool, and listening to all my neighbors’ televisions (it was a warm day, and windows were open). They were all watching the unfolding horror.

My son has always lived in a country at war. One of the blessings I am grateful for is that our armed forces have managed to keep the enemy away from our cities since that time. It makes it possible for my son and I to share special moments, such as completing a 4-mike hike for his Cub Scout achievements — which confirms I have recovered from my hip injury courtesy of the blessings of our wonderful medical community.

One of the items Glenn Reynolds quoted was this:

And here’s a passage from Lee Harris’s Civilization And Its Enemies.

Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their children sold into slavery by a victorious foe.

They forget that in time of danger, in the face of the Enemy, they must trust and confide in each other, or perish.They forget, in short, that there has ever been a category of human experience called the Enemy. And that, before 9/11, was what had happened to us. The very concept of the Enemy had been banished from our moral and political vocabulary. An enemy was just a friend we hadn’t done enough for — yet. Or perhaps there had been a misunderstanding, or an oversight on our part — something that we could correct. And this means that that our first task is that we must try to grasp what the concept of the Enemy really means.

The Enemy is someone who is willing to die in order to kill you. And while it is true that the Enemy always hates us.

Perspective is a very valuable thing when dealing with friend and foe, and using reason instead of fear is critical. Therefore, the rest of this post will highlight aspects of perspective and reason in actually promoting truly American concepts of smaller government and fiscal responsibility during this important period in history.

Professor Jacobson has been covering the defeatist attitude pervading the “right-o-sphere” since the weekend and ginned-up analytics showing an Obama bounce. Today, in light of a Washington Post poll, the professors says: U.S.A.! U.S.A.! …”>OMG, Romney’s back, SURGE, Comeback Kid, clutching victory from jaws of defeat, nothing to fear but fear itself, it ain’t over ’till it’s over, I can see U.S. hockey victory over Obama from my poll, U.S.A.! U.S.A.! …

Yes, the elite media was always going to promote an “Obama bounce”, even though the Democrat convention was full of fail (see HERE and HERE for the best fiskings of the event).

The polls are crap. Richard Murdock became the GOP Senatorial candidate by defeating Dick Lugar at 10 points better than the public polls indicated. Scott Walker crushed is Democratic opponent in numbers far higher than presented the public polls. There is a great discussion on why the polls are useless on a CANTO TALK episode with the Prairie Editor’s Barry Casselman (click here it listen) iHey, I have a poll, too:

ROMNEY IS PROJECTED TO LANDSLIDE OBAMA WITH 100% OF THE VOTE.

As far as I am concerned, mine is just as reasonable. The elite media is the enemy of the American people who want accurate news and information so they can make a fully informed choice.

The Ulsterman Report has a great look at polling internals that also make my point: WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Ohio Now Turning To Romney – Polling Data 101

You see, that PP poll was taken from a +4 Democrat sample.  Right there the poll is hurting credibility wise.  But dig a little deeper.  That poll was also +9 for women sampled.  That’s a huge gap for Ohio.  +9 women polled over men?  Cross check that data.  You realize in Ohio women make up 51.2%  of the population.  This PP poll tries to alter that # so that it reflects women make up nearly 60% of Ohio population.  Which is way off and totally breaks apart the poll’s credibility.  Why would they do that?  Because Obama is polling better with women and Romney is polling better for men.  So cook the poll right off with a nearly 10 point advantage of women polled.  That alone would give Obama another 3-4% advantage in the final approval #s.  So you got a +4 Democrat sample.  And a heavily lopsided women sample that together accounts for about +8 favoring Barack Obama.  So compare that to the headline they used for the poll:

 

Obama up by 5 in Ohio.

In a polling sample that favored Barack Obama by nearly 10 points, the best he can do is a 5 point advantage.  Bluff called.  We send back a revised interpretation of the poll with a “Greetings from Ohio” postcard attached.

But there’s more bad news for Obama with this PPP data.  In the poll 5% of voters indicated they were still undecided.  Pretty big # this late in the game in a state that has been hammered by advertising and political appearances from both campaigns but especially the Obama team.  Those undecideds know Barack Obama.  If they liked him they would already be indicating plans to vote for him.  Campaign 101 is that the undecideds break AWAY from the incumbent and FOR the challenger by about 2 to 1.  So with that in mind, there’s another 2 or even 3 point advantage for Romney in Ohio with just the undecideds alone.

You want to know the headline Obama’s own internals are giving them in Ohio?  Want to know what the headline would read if it was published by a non-partisan slant?

Romney holds 3 point advantage in Ohio.

The media manipulations also impact student newspapers, as I discuss in College Insurrection. A professor who decided to be the talk of campus by nursing her infant in front of class was slated to be the focal point of a student newspaper report. She used all the classic liberal whines to try and get them to NOT run the story, including the claim of a “hostile work environment”. The story is here: No fluke – American U. Prof says has right to nurse child in front of class

It’s a piece I worked up, as those students pay a lot of money in tuition and deserve the instructor’s full attention and a distraction free environment. I hope the student newspaper runs the story, because the progressive assumptions and agenda-oriented classrooms deserves to be challenged.

I hope everyone who reads this today spend some time challenging opponents to our exceptionalism. With that in mind, here is today’s questions.

With that in mind, here is today’s question in anticipation of our “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” Americana-based show on Canto Talk this Thursday.

TRUE OF FALSE: The US Constitution is the second oldest and third shortest of any “major government in the world”. (Answer HERE).

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Dear Readers: I wanted to share my excitement about joining the College Insurrection team today, as Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection is finalizing the set-up and has kindly promoted the Shrine of Flaming Capitalism. I wanted to thank him for this opportunity. Everyone will note that College Insurrection is now on the blogroll to the right.

I also have another item to promote. I will be on the Silvio Canto show this Thursday (Aug. 30) at 10 am Pacific Time/12 noon Central Time to discuss the movie: 2016 – Obama’s America. I will be joined by fellow SLOB and our team’s Hollywood connection, Word Warrior Barry C. Jacobsen. To that end, I have been reading the book by best selling author Dinesh D’Souza, upon which the movie is based. The movie has done tremendously well at the box office, placing 3rd in weekend results. As blogfather Instapundit notes: 80% of life, and 100% of politics, is showing up. This is more evidence of who’s showing up this year.

It has been a fascinating read, as I learn how much of both the father and mother reside in Obama and how this impacts our nation as a whole. But, it also ties into a personal story that I wanted to share with my readers, especially as my Divine Mother is in town for a visit. For you see, my parents were both journalists, and met by throwing spitballs at eachother within the offices of the Schenectady Gazette. So, in a way, I seem to have ended up in the family business as a “citizen journalist. Here are my parents in the real era of “Mad Men”:

Eventually, my dad (Stanley R. Putnam, Jr.) took the family to Detroit, Michigan. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of the Detroit Riots in 1967. Subsequently, he was invited to spear-head the student newspaper at Wayne State University, “The South End“. To say that publication is progressive would be an understatement. I did write for it when I went there: I had the honor to be tapped as the first Science Writer. But, the focus was always on “crusaderism” (as Captain Capitalism would put it).

Now, in my clan, there is something I refer to as the “Putnam Family Curse”: the kids always turn out 180 degrees opposite of what the parents try to instill in them. In my instance, the ultra-hip, progressive, non-religious parents turned out a devote Catholic, independent conservative rebel. It seems to be karma that I join the team of College Insurrection to spread independent conservative thought to students, with a smattering of attention on the higher education bubble and “Worthless” degrees. Interestingly, one of the stories featured in College Insurrection is that Wayne State may be ending tenure because of poor finances.

Truly, nothing beats the forces of reality.

Likewise, reading “Obama’s America – The Remaking of the American Dream“, I learned how deeply Obama was impacted by his own parents. His father was a charming fabulist, who tried to obtain by charisma what he could not accomplish by hard work. His mother was a woman who sneered at faith, capitalism, and America. In fact, Obama’s mother revered his father (even after being abandoned for a harem of other women) because of Barak Obama’s Sr.’s strong belief in wealth distribution (mainly from our country to everyone else) and smashing to oppressors (namely us). That is why Team Obama chose to outsource national security jobs FROM and American firm to a Brazilian one. That is why Obama directs funds to the development of Brazil’s oil fields, while stalls the development of our Keystone Pipeline.

As Tammy Bruce says: If Obama were just incompetent, some of his decisions would be good for us. NONE of them are, and all seem rooted in the anti-colonial attitude espoused by Barak Obama Sr. and embraced by his son. Add an extra layer of abandonment by both parents, and we are all being punished.

It seems I am destined to carry on a legacy of rebelling and yanking chains. I am very thankful to Professor Jacobson for allowing me a platform to do so, and to help spread the values to the next generation about what makes our country so special.

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